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s-class... making the decision to own a jaguar just arational as it is emotional. martha: it's a brand new record, forget go barefoot skiing, fern an dough iglesias, going 100 miles an hour! bill: i think that's going to leave a mark! martha: see you tomorrow, everybody. jon: good morning, we begin with this fox news alert, st. louis police are confirming now that a suspect who is believed to have shot u.s. marshals is dead. meantime, the two deputy u.s. marshals and one task force officer who were shot and wounded are recovering at a hospital nearby, we're told at least one of the marshals is in critical condition, the other in fair condition. you've been watching this throughout the morning on "america's newsroom".
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the marshals and the other task force officer went to a house in the st. louis area, to try to apprehend this suspect. a gun fight broke out. the two marshals and the other officer were hit. but the suspect, again, is reported to be deceased. we will keep you updated on "happening now". jenna: another fox news alert, new numbers out on the decifit. last month we what's the biggest monthly decifit in our history, a record $223 billion in february, that's according to the nonpartisan cbo. it's the 29th consecutive month that the government is operating in the red. if you add up all the debt, by the way, when you add all of that, we had to spend $21 billion of our money just to service that debt. all this happening by the way while congress continues to try to work on a funding bill for this year. we have much more on this story as we get it.
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to kick things off with breaking news, we're so glad you're with us, i'm jenna lee. jon: i'm jon scott. we are here in the fox news room and "happening now", testing for the white house race water necessary 2011 and for the first time in this presidential cycle, five gop contenders appeared at an event together in iowa, the state that holds the first caucus in the entire nation. jenna: you see them on the screen, you have tim palenty, rick santorum, former house speaker newt gingrich and her man cane, also louisiana governor buddy romer trying to stand out from the crowd and drumming up support from the state's social conservatives steve brown is live from demoines, what does the iowa state and freedom coalition -- why is this important? >> it's a group worth watching, especially if you're talking about the iowa caucuses, it's probably the oldest social
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conservative group with religious roots and it's fire say that most of the group if not almost all members of this group with evangelical christians, a huge powerhouse in the republican party, so if you're going to be communicating to this group in an eheld held one of the growest fasting evangelical churches in a suburb of demoines, it would help as tim palenty did and speak with evangelical zeal. have a listen: >> valley forge wasn't easy, settling the west wasn't easy, winning world war ii wasn't easy, going to the moon wasn't easy. this ain't about easy. this is about rolling up our sleeves, plowing ahead, and getting the job done. >> reporter: now, remarks like that got a lot of applause, and in some instances, standing applause from the various speakers, and it's real important to appear before these groups, because among likely caucus
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goers, these are among the most likely caucus goers. jenna. jenna: so businessman her man cane, he's been working hard in iowa. we've heard his name come up. how is he doing? >> he was under the radar a bit but he's start to catch buzz in this state and he spent some time right off the top catching peoples' attention with his talk about how his business principles cross over into politics. have a listen: >> we are fighting back with our faith, and we are fighting back with our freedom to fight back in the greatest country in the world, when we don't like something going on in washington, d.c. >> reporter: he's also got something of a geographical advantage, godfather's pizza, he was a ceo that burned that company around, headquartered in omaha, across the river from council bluffs, so he knows the area and the area is familiar with him, particularly out in western iowa and that's important. a lot of conservatives out
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that way. jenna: speaking of businessmen, steve, this businessman has caught a lot of attention, donald trump. his candidacy apparently is in trouble before it even starts. what's the drama over that? >> well, yesterday, one of his employees who came out on a personal day, not at mr. trump's bidding, because he is the founder of should trump or one of the cofounders, came out on one of mr. trump's jets to go and disclosure the possibility of a trump candidacy, how it relates to iowa. mr. michael cohen said that the whole trip was paid for by a billionaire friend of trumps, stuart rohr. now, i don't know how much that trip would have cost but it's expensive, i'm going to guess it's probably more than the maximum contribution that you can make to a presidential candidate, which is $2500. so if it's more than that, then they're already outside the lines, or apparently outside the lines of ftc rules in terms of exploratory presidential
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committees. if trump doesn't run there's no problem whatsoever, there's no campaign rules involved, but if he does run, then almost automatically, one of the other campaigns is going to bring this up to the ftc and say hey, take a look at the news coverage on this, they admit a billionaire paid for it, there needs to be some sort of investigation an almost certainly they'll get the ftc to take a look at this. jenna: as you mentioned, before an announcement is even made. so certainly a lot going on. >> before it's out of the blocks. gengen -- jenna: unbelievable. thank you steve brown today. jon: donald trump wasn't even at that event in iowa but seems to be racking up a lot of support. check it out, a new nbc "wall street journal" poll finds his positive ratings stands at 36 percent. it's actually higher than those -- 26 percent, higher than those of palenty. but while trump does not fare as well as a matchup in the potential gop
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contenders, he comes in at # percent in a possible primary, according to a newsweek daily beat poll, another poll finds trump coming very close to president obama in a head to head matchup, trailing the president by just two percentage points and that is well within the margin of error. let's talk about it with someone who really knows political polls, karl rove, former senior adviser to president george w. bush, also a fox news contributor. do these numbers surprise you, karl? >> no. because look, this is going to be a year in which there's going to be all kinds of craziness. there are three things we need to be aware of. one is it wouldo what really matters here is how the president is matched up against people whom the rest of the country has little knowledge of and has seen out on the campaign trail in some instances even less. the president being only a couple points ahead of tkofrpald trump is not a statement about trump, it's a statement about obama. the second thing is that there's no republican frontrunner. i went to the high tech graphics department to get
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these numbers. march of 1999, 12 years ago, when the republican presidential contest was firming up, 52 percent of -- bush had 52 percent of the primary, elizabeth dole second at 20, dan quayle at nine and nine other candidates including john mccain had a combined total of 15 percent, mccain had 3 percent. there was a front runner and his name was bush. there is no frontrunner this time around. everybody is -- the better known candidates are glumped together in the top 30s. the final thing is look, we've got 11 months to go and this race is going to gel like the democrats did in 2007. it wasn't until literally the jefferson-jackson dinner, i think it was december of 20 07, that barack obama started to look like a big player with his dramatic speech to the dinner in demoines. jon: also karl, i want to turn your attention to this argument going on on capitol hill, it's all about an exchange involving the secretary of health and
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human services, kathleen sebelius. essentially, she was asked about some of the budget funds that have been allocated in omabacare, if you want to call it that, and seemed to suggest that the administration has been double-counting some savings under the new law. i want to play that for you and get your reaction. >> so the affordable care act, 12 years in the medicare trust fund, according to every actuary and the $500 billion represents a slowdown in the growth rate of medicare over ten years, from what was projected at 8 percent, to a -- >> i'm sorry, is it medicare, is it using it to save medicare, or are you using it to fund health care reform? which one? >> both. >> the gentleman -- >> i yield back my time. jon: so the suggestion among republicans is the administration is double-counting this $500 million in medicare -- $500 billion in medicare
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cuts, and counting it twice. >> they are. looks, they're counting it once to improve the solvency of medicare which is $30 trillion under water, so you heard her say we're we're going to improve the fiscal -- strength of the system, it will extend its period of -- by 12 years that it's sole vent, and they also then pay for health care reform, with that $500 billion. they do the same with $53 billion in payroll taxes, paid -- additional social security payroll taxes paid as a result of the act, they apply it to the social security trust fund in going into the lock box to pay -- pay a bigger benefit due, for example, you, when you get older, and at the same time, they use it to pay for the health care bill. they do the same with a new long term spwaoeument program called class, a long term care policy where you can buy an insurance policy from the federal government for long term care, $75 a day benefit, it will collect $72 billion in premium payments over the next ten years, and they put it in that premium pool to pay the
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benefit, then spend it simultaneously on the new program. i asked cbo director el mond -- elmandorff, anded yes, we're taking that money, leaving a bond in there but the fact of the matter is you're paying it twice because at some point you pay back that bond, the $52 billion, # on billion dollars, $500 billion, so yes, they're spending it twice and i don't know how somebody could say with a straight face in washington, you can spend the same dollar twice. jon: karl, thank you. if you want to read more of karl's thoughts, log on to, another whopper from the obama white house on the budget. jenna: here's another big story we're watching, terror trials at gitmo, the president ending a two-year ban on new military trials at guantanamo bay. congress was trying to -- some say this left the administration with few options, but this move raises serious legal questions about the prosecution of prisoners
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like, for example, khalid shaikh mohammed and the other alleged 9/11 plotters. national correspondent catherine herridge is live from washington with this story. catherine, what does this announcement mean politically if we take it there first? >> reporter: thank you jenna. what this means politically is that the obama administration has adopted indefinite detention, indefinite detention is used for detainees who our officials believe are too much of a risk to relieve or return to their home country but there's not enough evidence to prosecute them either in a military court or in a civilian court so they are held indefinitely with periodic reviews. that's important politically because it was this very practice that candidate obama and his supporters on the left criticized about the bush administration. secondly this announcement yesterday really very publicly confirmed that the administration itself is not expecting guantanamo to close soon, specifically not before the first term in office. jenna: you mentioned ksm. what does that decision mean for the two biggest cases at
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gitmo now? >> i think the thing that caught my attention about this announcement was it was really de void of detail about any of the high profile cases. it doesn't mention how the 9/11 case will be handled, it does not mention how the u.s.s. cole case will be handled and it doesn't mention other cases important like the bali nightclub bombing linked to sombali. the thing that caught my attention was the part that referred to federal courts, it's from the president and it reads i strongly believe the american system of justice is our key arsenal against al-qaeda and its affiliates and will continue to draw on all aspects of our justice system, including article three for the federal courts to assure our security and values are strengthened. so what we can see here is that the administration is recommitting to the use of article iii courts, even though there are blocks that have been put in place by congress in december of last year to prevent the transfer of detainees here to the united states. but once again, there is no detail on how the 9/11 case will be prosecuted, nor the
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u.s.s. cole, jenna. jenna: that's interesting and those are certainly cases our viewers are interested in. >> the biggest cases. jeb -- jenna: absolutely. thank you, appreciate it. one of the stories is libya, antiaircraft fire blooming over libya. take a listen: >> rebel fighters try to fend off air strikes from forces loyal to libyan leader gadhafi. we're on the ground in libya with a live report on that. also the charlie sheen crazy train chugs on and on, warner brothers firing the actor from his hit show. why sheen says this is a big win for him, coming up. jon: viewers are fascinated with anything charlie sheen. if you take a look at our website, the most read tab, you can click on it right there, there's charlie sheen, looking a little like dr. cer vorkan to me. dr. cer vorkan to me. check it out, one of our check it out,
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jon: the anger boiling over
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again in the middle east, protestors back on the streets in egypt, not long after widespread demonstrations toppled the government of hosni mubarek. this time thousands of christians gathered in cairo demanding an end to discrimination they face in egypt's society. next door in libya, the fighting is heating up. these are libyan rebels battling mommar gadhafi's government, opening fire on war planes that have attacked their positions in ras lanuf, the government appears to have stalled the rebels to advance on the capitol of tripoli. yet earlier the rebels claim they rejected an effort by mommar gadhafi to leave. gadhafi is now denying any such offer was made. leland vitter is enroute to ajabaya, libya, he joins us by phone.
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>> reporter: we just lost the front line, it finally looks like some of these rebels have some idea of how to use their weapons. right now they are trying to launch an assault on the next houpb of binjalaya, forces there have a strong line and that appears, though, the rebels are unable to break through any time soon, however, from the air, gadhafi's air force, still pounds away. >> this crater represents a major escalation of the air war here in the east, for the first time, the bombers hit a civilian target in ras lanuf on the rebels' front line. it shows you the destruction this air force brings and the rebels really have no defenses against it. their air defenses are primitive at best, their gunners, badly trained in fire, when they can't even see a plane. of course, the problem here is that it is terrified, not only the civilian population
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but the rebels themselves who say while they don't want any kind of u.s. troops on the ground, they are practically begging for a no fly zone to prevent this kind of attack. again, you can see what it does, of course, to an entire neighborhood, and not only that, just behind me right there, you can see an unexploded bomb that this plane dropped, making this area uninhabitable until some kind of ordinance crew can come in and take it out. >> and you can probably see there, the antiaircraft that are firing almost straight up in the air, incredibly dangerous, and the guys on these guns don't know what they're doing and the rebels are trying to bring people in to train these guys, but jon, these are guys that are out there fight, it's very courageous. they have only been soldiers for four or five days. you think about normally trained military or professional soldiers who's armed with one of these
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guns, it's six or nine months of training and that's what these rebels are going up against. jon: leland vitter joining us on the phone from libya, thanks. jenna: check out this shocking video from oregon, a gays station person sweeping the floor when a car comes crashing through the wall. what the cashier said that saved his life, just ahead. amazing that he survived that. also -- are you excited about the prospect now that you're done with 2 1/2 men? >> free at last. free at last. jenna: cbs asking charlie sheen from his last show -- about the last show, 2 1/2 men. what does he do? dennis miller is here to prove to us there's a big news angle to this and why sheen may never work in tinsel again.
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>> my wife threw me out and i'm kind of losing the will to live, so when you get a chance i'd love to, oh, i don't know -- >> hey allen i was sorry to hear about that. were you going to go to a hotel? wow! huh? well, yeah, i guess you could stay here. jenna: charlie sheen officially fired from that sitcom, 2 1/2 men, warner brothers describing why they fired him in a letter claiming that he's committed a few felonies and his behavior overall is not something they can keep on their staff. sheen responded with this statement we wanted to share with you, quote, this is very good news. they continue to be in breach like so many whales. it is a big day of gladness
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at this silver valley lodge because now i can take all the bazillions and never have to put on those silly -- silly shirts as long as this war lock exists in the terrestrial dimension. can't do it the same way, can you? there is a business angle to this. dennis neil, talking about whether or not charlie sheen can work in hollywood ever again, and dennis, there's a side to this story we don't really talk about. when it comes to celebrities and stars, that is the insurance. >> that's right. jenna: side of the business. >> if you're a hollywood studio and you're going to gamble let's say $100 million it probably costs to make 24 episodes of 2 1/2 men, do we trust that charlie sheen will be stable enough to continue to show and what do we pay an insurer to say oh, if he messes up, don't worry, we'll cover your losses? so i wouldn't talk to an insurance broker who does these deals today and i thought charlie is a dead man, he'll get no insurance at all. the insurer says no, it's just a matter of price. you could actually wiggle
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it. jenna: how high of a cost? >> right now, insurance is maybe 2 percent of his show's budget. when you have a star like this one, you're talking maybe 8 percent of an entire show's budget. jenna: it seems like a whole bunch. >> $10 million, that's a lot of money to pay but what charlie sheen can do is say tell you what, guys, we'll pay you an even higher premium, we'll pay you 10 million but if we go the whole season without messing up and finish it, you give us back almost all the money and a fee. that's the way it gets done. mark cuban, the billionaire, talking about a show for hg net, i e-mailed him, about the insurance costs, no answer yet, also the star can say tell you what, i'll cover part of the insurance. make it -- take it out of my salary, or if i do mess up, i'll be more culpable and have to pay back more. jenna: fe keeps saying i never messed up, i always showed up on time, the show always went on the air. >> that's right. jenna: so when it comes to actual risk -- >> actual risk. here's the thing, do you look at him now, even 20 years? let's look at the long term. i've got a chart. if you look at him since
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1990, it's quite an impressive litany, it really is. he's had five clashes are the -- with the law, five reports of con sorting with prostitutes and porn stars, god bless him, three trips to rehab, three trips to the divorces, three tkwor respect and charged with assault a couple of times with a woman he loves and shot one in the arm 20 years ago. so he's kind of a risk, yet that's the wonderful thing in the insurance business, you like to insure risk if it's at the right price. jenna: so you think moving forward, it he is to work again, there's an insurance policy that follows him. >> there will be, absolutely, someone will do this deal and i think furthermore he'll pay off, that is to say he won't mess up. this guy knows despite his machete and insistence he's in the right he knows he shot himself in both feet this time and he's got to fix this. jenna: i don't know, dennis! twenty years -- i don't know >> although given that 20 years, only now? only now? are you shocked warner brothers? and we're going to go ahead and fire him now?
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jenna: we'll continue to follow the story. how can we not? >> it's a given. jenna: jon. jon: speaking out of control, jenna, a car plows through a gas station in oregon, nearly, well, smashing the cashier that you see here. take a look. the cashier only suffered minor scrapes and bruises, amazingly enough. he later credited a triangle of safety created in the middle of two counters, that he was nearly sandwiched between. police say the driver of that car had been arguing with a companion in the parking lot before plowing through the store wall. the driver was arrested soon after the crash, and that is one lucky clerk. so what's really causing gas prices to soar? some say it's not just the fighting in the middle east. we'll tell you some thoughts, straight ahead. and flames rip through a neighborhood in mexico, firefighters injured, people driven from those homes. and many of those homes burned to the ground. we'll tell you where the fight stands right now ahead
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jon: no end in site to the conflict in the middle east or surging gas prices here in the u.s. so far there is no disruption in america's oil supply. so why are you all digging deeper into your wallets every time you fill up? according to the aaa the average price for unleaded gas is more than $3.51 a gallon. that is almost 40-cents more
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than it was just one month ago. steve centanni is checking out the angles on this story from washington. steve, what do we know? >> reporter: jon you might think we are paying higher prices because of a stoert average in the oil market, but that is not the case. there is plenty of oil out there. it's partly a basic question of supply and demand. demand in china and india has skyrocketed as people there are buying more cars. at the end of 2010 the demand for oil was about 87.8 million barrels a day while supply was roughly equal at 87.3 million barrels. in other words the market will bear a high price largely because of that high demand so that's where it stays. let's look at how much oil we have on stand. the strategic oil reserve in the u.s. which the president is considering tapping holds 726.6 million barrels. the world oil reserves are 1.3 trillion barrels. the bottom line, lots of ale. >> today there is no shortage. there is plenty of inventory and plenty of unproduced capacity
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waiting to be produced. and the real reason for the oil price rise is turmoil and wondering if there could be shert averages. >> reporter: this rapid increase we've seen in oil prices and gas prices at the pump is due largely to unrest in middle east especially with the prospects of oil infrastructure might be damaged and oil supplies then reduced. now the worst case scenario would be if oil production was somehow curtailed in saudi arabia, the lynchpin of the entire global oil market. that could throw the world economy into a tailspin, but experts are not expecting that to happen, jon. jon: steve centanni live for us in washington. steve, thanks. jenna: there still is the question of what exactly we can do about the surge in oil and gas prices. some have suggested tapping the stra taoepblg eug oil reserve. our next guest says he has a better idea. roy blunt is a republican senator from missouri. he says he's time to simplify gas teen. senator, what do you mean by
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that and why do you think it's important now? >> reporter: this is base owned a bill that i introduced in the house right before katrina that allowed us to eliminate the use of these boutique fuels if there was a disruption because of a natural disaster. that happened, president bush immediately put this law into place and gasoline prices really weren't impacted, even though katrina was very disruptive. this just allows the administration one more tool if there is any disruption in supply, or any disruption in the supply chains instead of having 20 different kinds of gasoline out there you could go for a reasonable period of time and just make gas a commodity again. that, and understanding that we need more american energy. the problem is not that there is not enough energy in the world, the problem is we don't produce nearly as much as we use and it also would help us establish more u.s. jobs. jenna: you mentioned there being, for example, 20 different types of gasoline.
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one of the reasons we see different gasolines and different prices is different states have different prices. california likes a cleaner blend of gasoline, they have so many drivers. that is a state issue that they put into place for their gasoline. then that leads us to a question about states' rights and what rights states have to control commerce within their state. why do you think that the federal government should get involved in this issue. >> it's largely not a state issue, it's largely a clean air act issue. california is different than the other 49 states because they did adopt apparently their own standard. in other places it's each city thinking early on that they had to have a blend of gas right for them. kansas city, missouri uses a different blend of gas than st. louis, missouri does. there is no reason for an unlimited amount of blends of gas for clean air. what we did a few years ago is
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cap the numbers they could choose from and this bill would simply allow you in times of disruption of supply to be sure that supply was available. if one refinery goes down, if somehow the suez canal is closed it would just give the administration another tool to make gasoline a commodity for a short period of time. we've already done this once right africa traoep katrina, itg impact on gas prices. the bigger thing to do is have more american energy. remember the administration-stated policy on energy apparently is that it will make it so high people won't use it. that is no energy policy that is the policy that destroys the economy and we're seeing what happens when there is an up tick in the per barrel price of oil. jenna: we certainly have. it's down a little bit today. you're absolutely right. our viewers are feeling it as well. it's an interesting topic. i have to switch to another topic here because it's a big story today, about the bulge e.
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one of the things we just learned is that the federal government had its largest monthly deficit in history last month, $223 billion. this is a little ironic because at the same time we're getting this budget deficit we are trying to figure out the budget for this year. this is happening on your watch, republicans and democrats. the question our viewers really have is why is it taking so long to, one, figure out a way to fund the government, and two, why are we still getting the deficits at this level after all the talk about spending? >> well, it didn't happen on the watch of republicans, it happened when democrats were in charge of the house, the senate, and the white house. we still had democrats in charge of the senate and the white house, and they are unwilling to even make the entry-level decision of how we get this $1.6 trillion problem under control. for the decade from 1997 to 2007 i don't think the annual deficit was as big as the monthly deficit in february, and of
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course i'm going to support $61 billion in cuts and that still puts us a trillion and a half away from the goal. if you can't make this initial decision to stop spending money between now and september the te 30th in some areas you're never going to solve the problem. people should watch the debate this week and see if they want this problem solved and how they want it solved. jenna: it's one we are continuing to watch, sir. we appreciate your insight today and thank you for joining us senator blunt, thank you very much. >> thank you. jon: in today's power play new controversy over the president's healthcare overhaul and how it gets accounted for. chris stirewalt is fox news digital politics editor. we touched on this earlier with karl rove. there are allegations that essentially some fuzzy math is going on in how the dollars get counted here, chris.
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>> reporter: certainly the administration is probably none too happy with the statements from the secretary of health and human services yesterday when she talked about what republicans called double counting in the president's national healthcare law because in fact republicans and conservative economists have claimed all along that the half a trillion dollars in cuts from medicare, that the administration used to get to a deficit-cutting number for the total cost of the bill was also being used again, that the money wasn't really being cut but it was being spent, and what the secretary said yesterday confirmed to republicans what they believed all along, that this money wasn't going to be saved, but it was instead going to be spent. so that is a black eye for the administration today on the fiscal front. jon: democrats argue that she was essentially trying to say something that didn't come exactly -- didn't come out exactly the way she intended it *frpblts that's right as they would say in congress you'd like to revise and extend her
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remarks, so that she could echo what president obama told bret bair in an interview, what the administration line has been all along that basically this is complicated accounting stuff, but that they make it work because they are going to get revenue from other sources and that this is going to come in, and that the secretary misspoke, but for republicans it confirms their thinking so they are running with it for sure. jon: chris stirewalt, chris, thank you. >> reporter: you bet. jon: you can get politically powered up each and every day with chris' power play. log onto click on the politics tab there and read the power play it's always good. jenna: brand-new developments in libya now. there is word that libyan leader moammar gadhafi could speak out at any moment. what is his end game on that. water forcing folks out of their homes in the northeast. it's far from the only area hit with wild weather though.
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[gunfire] jon: the sights and sounds a few hours ago from the libyan oil city where rebels are attempting to fight off air strikes with forces loyal to libyan leader moammar qaddafi. opposition leaders say they have rejected an offer to negotiate qaddafi's exit from office. qaddhafi's people say no offer was made. christian, we are seeing moammar qaddafi bombing his own people. there has been talk of establishing a no-fly zone, but so far nothing has been done, even though there has been great support among pretty powerful people in washington, like john
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mccain, for instance. why doesn't it exist? why is there no forward movement on it? >> well basically the administration doesn't want it. the administration has said that all options remain on the table. that clearly isn't too. they essentiale poured cold water over the idea of a no-fly zone. the top military commander's who would be involved pointed out a no-fly zone would have a lot of complications. other modest and effective ideas like providing the rebels with intelligence and humanitarian aid and possibly with military aid have been floated. j. carney the white house spokesman who neatly personifies this administration's weakness comes out and says you can't send arms to a po box in eastern libya. the u.s. taxpayers fund our intelligence community, $80 billion a year, i'd like to think that they could be able to link up with the rebels in the same way that fox news has done in order to report the news, but
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apparently not. the administration is voting present rather than seeking practical ways to help the rebels. jon: some have suggested that the u.s. would need authorization from the u.n. before we could undertake something like -- undertake some of these steps. is this administration being more hesitant to use force or to use power, not necessarily in a military way than previous administrations? >> most definitely it is. but, you know, what you mentioned is very significant, the secretary general of nato coming out and saying that we need u.n. authorization to use nato. first of all it's not in his power to do that. policymaking in nato lives with the north atlantic *pb council in the member states not with the beauracracy in brussels. he has made nato useless outside of europe. secretary gates coming out and saying we need u.n. authorize asian. the u.n. is primarily a body
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that is used to con train american power. even if we don't realize that every other government in the world realizes that, yet the administration has focused its efforts on the u.n. on the u.n. in new york, in geneva on an arms embargo that can't possibly help the rebels in the near term or immediate term they their cause. they are trying to find a use for the u.n. rather than trying to find a practical way to help the rebels if in fact that's what we want to do. jon: moammar qaddafi bomb -lgins own people and so far the u.n. has really done nothing. thanks. jenna: now we have a problem with the northern border. a stunning report about how much of that land is actually unprotected. it is coming up. also, there is a new reason to unplug at night, why your computers and cell phones may be to blame for a bad night's sleep. dr. siegel just ahead. [ female announcer ] mousse temptations by jell-o.
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jon: pay special attention to this story, and if you're jenna lee pay a lot of attention. if you're on your computer or your cellphone before bedtime you've got to pay attention. jenna: i might do that a little bit as my team knows sending out emails late at night. a new report shows using electronics before hitting the sack could be destroying your sleep which also explains a lot. dr. siegel is with us from our medical a team. doc, i can't sleep unless i check to make sure is that there is no news breaking and i haven't missed anything. but this is still a problem. >> reporter: not good nor your health. studies from the national sheep sleep foundation, 95% of us are
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doing something at night that we shouldn't be doing that is keeping us awake. we are not turning off the artificial lights. if eyes you and me jon in the baby boomer generation, we're watching tv then we don't fall a sleep. your generation y, checking your cellphone, or video games. jenna: i haven't done that. >> reporter: the thing about texting and my son is 14, i'll tell you what the problem is, the texts occur after you fall a sleep, you fall a sleep then a text comes. i mean these guys don't even talk they just text back and forth. jon: every next comes in with its own ring tone, so that alerts you and wakes you right up, right? >> reporter: exactly. and then you don't get back to sleep as easily. and then the lights stay on, and the artificial light zooms in. my problem is an internist is down the line this is bad for your health. the study shows that the 13 to 18-year-old group is getting two hours less per night sleep than a hundred years ago. jenna: this is our reality.
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>> reporter: these kids need nine hours of sleep at that age. jenna: this is our reality right now. we have a lot of these electronics in our household and in our bedroom, what should we do. >> reporter: and they report being groggy the next day. here is what you do, you have to get into a discipline, a pattern. don't take your cellphone into your bedroom, don't have video games in your bedroom. the bedroom is a place for sheep. turn off the lights, count sheep. jenna: he's looking at me. >> reporter: just calm down in the bedroom, go to sleep. jenna: go to bed. >> reporter: no blackberries, i'm going to tell your producer no blackberries. jon: next time "happening now" gets an email from jenna at 11:30 at night we should all text her back, go to bed. >> reporter: right, right, she is super alert. i want her to get more sleep. jenna: thank you, doc, i do too, that is for sure, we'll try it. >> reporter: this is serious health problems. down the line there is a higher risk of heart disease, gaining
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weight, diabetes. jenna: all right we'll try it. a major about face from the white house on the u.s. prison at gitmo. president obama approving the resumption of military trials for detainees at this facility. what this means for our nation's approach to fighting terror and finding justice. jon: also, joran van der sloot is planning to killing stephanie flores in peru. why this strategy could land him a surprisingly short term in prison. ♪ [ folk pop ]
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what you need to know about commodity price hikes, making almost everything you buy more expensive. joran van der sloot reveals a new strategy in the defense in peru, it could get him out of prison in less than two years. it's all new, all live. it's "happening now". jenna: we're so glad you're with us on this tuesday, everybody, i'm jenna lee. jon: yes we are, i'm jon scott. the senate set to vote on bills, each offering a different take on spending cuts. our chief political correspondent carl cameron joins us live from the capitol with more. will there be a vote or not today carl? >> reporter: there's dispute about that but in all lick -- likelihood there will be. last week, president obama proposed 6 1/2 billion dollars in cuts to current spending as an alternate to the republicans' bill of # billion dollars, in fact the
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house bill is actually about $57 billion. that the president's proposal to cut 6 1/2 is really 4.7 because what the administration was doing was including emergency funds which are not calculated, they are off budget items and wouldn't affect the decifit. this morning, senate majority leader mare harry reid with his two versions of the bill supposed to come up accused republicans of trying to block any kind of a vote at all. listen to this: >> that was the deal. but now republicans are renigging on that deal. they don't want to vote on their own bill. where i come, from people keep their word. i'm disappointed now the republicans refuse to keep their word. >> reporter: and the u.s. senate, a hand shake business location if ever there was one, to accuse somebody of breaking hair word -- their word is serious politics. republicans say they don't know what reid was talking about because it's understood they are prepared to go forward with cloture votes in order -- cloture
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vote. reid and democratic aides suggest the deal was not for a cloture vote with a 60 vote threshold but simply up or down with a 51 vote majority. that flies in the face of the facts. when senator reid scheduled this on friday, he said, and i quote, if it were a simple majority vote, we would win that, but republicans have established a different standard, 60 votes. we accept that. so when reid argues that republicans are trying to pull the plug and block a vote, he knows that what was established last week requires a 60-vote threshold, not a simple up or down vote and that's what's likely to go forward in a little while. jenna: carl, it's jenna now. we're talking about two different bills, right? you just laid them both out for us, both bills are expected to have a similar fate. what is that fate, and why? >> >> reporter: they're both getting -- perhaps the best illustration from that is from the center in of the senate, moderate democrats
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and republicans who have been complaining all along the democrats' proposal is too small and that moderate republicans who have been complaining that a lot of the content is more ideological than mathematical and the -- in the house-passed bill and too high or too aggressive. they want to find something in the middle. now comes joe manchin, senator from west virginia, up for reelection in 2012, and slamming his president for absence in these negotiations. listen to this: >> why are we doing all this when the most powerful person in these negotiations, our president, has failed to lead this debate or offer a serious proposal for spending and cuts that he would be willing to fight for? >> it is a rare occurrence when a democratic u.s. senator accuses his president of failing to lead. it happened this morning. and manchin essentially described the goldilocks situation, he said that the democrats and president's proposal is too small, the republicans' proposal is too big in terms of cuts and it's time to get serious and find something in the
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middle. after they defeat those bills today, theoretically that's what they'll try to do. jenna: carl cameron with all those developments today, thank you very much. certainly a busy day in d.c. now we want to take you to ohio now. ohio governor john kasich is about to give his very first state of the state address, to democrats and labor groups, scheduled to rally on the state house steps. this started about 30 minutes ago. ohio, of course, is in the middle of a very contentious debate, contentious contract negotiations for state employees and a different situation from wisconsin and indiana, but we're all talking about collective bargaining rights for some of these workers, a bill to limit those workers' collective bargaining rights. in of -- some of them are up for a vote this afternoon. we're going to stream the state of the state speech live on jon: meantime, wisconsin's governor, scott walker, calls this idea ridiculous. referring to an offer by the awol state senate democrats to resolve their differences over union rights in a face
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to face meeting that would take place along the illinois-wisconsin border. mike tobin is live in the state capitol of madison for us right now. so mike, i guess things are getting ugly. >> you know jon, for the first time we have seen some real emotion and frustration come out of governor scott walker and he directed his frustration at the senate minority leader, a guy named mark miller, the governor says through all of the meetings, all the communications, all the deals to bring the senate democrats back to madison, ultimately senator miller stood in the way, then yesterday sen -- senate imagine ord leader and governor received this letter from senator miller requesting the face 20 -- face to face meeting. >> that's why this letter is just absolutely ridiculous, because tile and time again we have met, the very person who wrote this letter to myself and senator fitzgerald, mark miller, is the person standing in the way of that progress and we need to have a change so that we can move this forward. >> reporter: wisconsin democrats have responded to
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the governor's press conference yesterday with an ethics complaint against governor walker, that ethics complaint goes back to that february prank phone call made by a left wing blogger posing as a billionaire campaign contributor to governor walker, the allegation says because governor walker recruited expert that he violated campaign finance rules, the governor dismissed the claim as baseless, jon. jon: where does the governor's popularity stand with the folks who elected him after all this fighting? >> as this drags on, jon, we're seeing the governor lose popularity amongst wisconsin voters, not by the bucket load but dribs and drabs, the latest poll from the wisconsin policy research institute, saying that 51 percent of wisconsinites oppose his plan to ultimately limit collective bargaining, 46 percent are in favor. one thing that was very clear in this polling, what we've seen throughout this 18-day process, is very few wisconsinites are on the
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fence, they're either very much opposed to it or very much in favor of it. jon: mike tobin, from wisconsin, where all this battling is going on, thanks. jenna: a serious question to answer after the president's decision to keep guantanamo bay's detention center open and resume military tribunals, they are asked whether they're fully resourced to get the job tkoufpblt we'll talk about this with former secretary of defense, charles simpson, often goes by cully, now a senior at the heritage foundation. cully, when we talk about this question of resourcing, what exactly does this mean? >> hi jenna. it means sending the best prosecutors our country has produced and the begs defense lawyers rur country has produced and providing for expert testimony from either side and all the things the defense bar and the prosecutors have been begging for for years. putting the vest against the vest and let chips fall where they may. jenna: why won't the
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administration do that? >> it has not been career enhancing to send top notch federal prosecutors from like the southern district of new york where you guys are down to guantanamo because those folks who are career professionals, have tried lots of national security cases, aren't going to get cases, but now the cases may be flowing and we'll see whether they send the big cases to commissions. it's entirely within the attorney general's prerogative to order his top prosecutors here in northern virginia, alexandra, or the southern district of new york, on to the prosecution teams. this is not to take anything away from our fellow jags, but we just don't try complicated long terminal security cases as military prosecutors. and the same goes for the defense bar. so i'm hoping that the dod general counsel, jay johnson, who's a good guy, his requests will be honored, plus the commission, make them robust, show them for what they can be. jenna: are you suggesting then if the administration does not do that, that they
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are purposefully setting these trials up to fail or not operate in the correct way? >> no, i'm not suggesting that, but what i am saying and have been saying for some time, if you're going to utilize commissions as one of the many tools available to the president, and this is just one of many, then since we've been languishing for so long, let's put the best of the best on to commissions. we are a great country, we have a constitution, we believe in the rule of law. let's showcase commissions as one of many valuable tools in this war. jenna: just getting breaking news here from our capitol hill producer that talking about a new bill that's going to be introduced today by house armed services committee chairman buck mckeon, cully, and this is what the bill says, it would ban funding for any facility in the u.s. to hold and try terror suspects, and what that means, i would make sure the detainees stand
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trial, whatever that trial is, in the facility in cuba. so that's supposed to be dropping today, this new bill. would that have any effect based on that information of whether or not we're going to see justice quckly after these ten years for these detainees and for the families most affected by 9/11? >> well, i applaud the chairman in taking a leadership role in this area, and i think he's going to go further based on discussions that i've had with him and those close to him, and authorize a broader detention statute above and beyond the authorization for use of military force. but essentially, the democratic congress killed obama's plan, i guess we can use that word, kill, snuffed out the plan to try detainees in federal court last year, and so i think this is a small step in an attempt to nudge the administration to use commissions more. it's not the last word we're going to hear on it, though. jenna: why do you think this switch happened right now for the obama administration? why do you think this came
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up? >> well, this has been reported on your network and others as a reversal and if it's a reversal it should be one we applaud. it's a step in the right direction. it's happening now probably because they realize they can't use federal courts, the victims' families for 9/11 want justice, americans want justice for 9/11, attorney general holder, back in 2009, promised he'd be sending al nashiri to a commissions case and the prosecution and defense lawyers who have been assigned and detailed commissions have been tkweud ling their thumbs for a long time. they deserve to be honored and given cases for stand-out commissions and i think it's a pragmatic approach, it's a good approach, yet it's one small but important tool in the tool kit the commander in chief has in this war. jenna: we'll see if this brings us a step closer to closure on this period in our history, cully, thank you very much, nice to have your insights, we look forward to talking to you again, too. >> you, too, jenna, thank
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you. jon: mommar gadhafi using heavy firepower against his own power. the rebels battling him in libya. he's unleashing jets, helicopters, tanks, and rockets in a new round of attacks. steve hay began is tracking the latest developments live from tripoli. plus a battle along our northern border to keep the bad guys out. what it takes to catch smugglers, human traffickers, and terrorists who want to try to sneak over the border from canada. in the meantime, you can see the stories clicking with you. go to, click on the most read tab,, your other news source.
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jenna: right now in libya government war planes launching new air strikes on rebel positions near the key oil port of ras lanuf in eastern libya, keeping up a counter offensive to keep the rebels from advancing on tripoli. the libyan opposition is staying, but mo magadhafi
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won't be pursued for crimes if he steps down in the next 72 hours. steve harrigan is streaming live from the capitol of tripoli. steve. >> reporter: jenna, we're standing here in a hotel in downtown tripoli, awaiting -- we have been waiting about three hours for his arrival. we're not sure what he's going to say, but it's likely he's going to say what people have been saying most of the day, that is, that reports that colonel gadhafi intends to step down are absolutely false. those reports have been coming out of rebel-controlled territory, they say that the colonel has been negotiating to step down from power, it would allow gadhafi to leave the country without prosecution, with his family and with a lot of money, yet gadhafi aides said that is publicly false and we expect the colonel to say the same thing, that he intends not to step down, but we're waiting for him here, and this comes as fighting has been stepped up in different
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parts of the country, the momentum has clearly shifted in the past 48 hours from the rebels to the government. they've driven the rebels back in the eastern town of binjawi and ras lanuf, using tanks. in zawiya, that town has been cut off for four days, at least 50 tanks from the government are operating in that town of 200,000 people. you can only imagine the situation, a town of 200,000, cut off for four days, with tanks, artillery, planes, operating enmass. it's tough to say the conditions, the phone lines, internet, roads, all completely cut off. jenna, back to you. jenna: steve harrigan with his breaking and developing story inside libya. steve, we'll keep our viewers up to date, any sign of gadhafi, we'll let you know. just to report, 72 hours for him to step down. we'll see if that pans out. more ahead. jon: america's northern
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border, stretches 4000 miles, and most of it is wide open, no fences, no gates, no nothing. that creates a huge challenge for the border patrol. rick leventhal is streaming to us live from the border patrol station in mecina, new york. rick. >> reporter: jon, a recent general accounting office study found less than 1 percent of those 4000 miles were at an acceptable security level in 2010, but they do face a significant challenge up here, including the fact that the northern border is more than twice as long as the southern border, but they have about 1/10 as many border agents to secure it. plus the terrain is so rough and rugged that they can't patrol it using traditional methods, so yesterday the feds showed us what they do. they took us out on snow cats for an exclusive ride-along along the santa lawrence river, which is frozen over and divides new york from canada. this region and this
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particular river is easily crossed by snow mobiles and smugglers are doing it. in fact the justice department says up to 20 percent of canada's high-grade pot comes across here on this 10-mile stretch of the saint regis mohawk indian territory. the most hawks and bp say they're working together but there is resistance. we saw street signs that tells us to stay off mohawk land and calls outside agencies terrorists. >> we have a mohawk territory where there are some traditional folks who believe that, you know, outside agencies should not have a part on our territory. you know, that's their traditional beliefs and it's been that way forever. >> reporter: well, northern border agents in this area known as the swanton sector have stopped more than 1000 illegal aliens for the last ten years, they also have confiscated thousands of pounds of dope every year and millions in currency but
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it's a small fraction of what's being seized in the south and the aides say the primary mission is to stop any threats to our safety and security. >> that's our primary mission is to protect the american public. you know, it's great to be out there seizing drugs and arresting, you know, people with -- all this other contraband, whether it's currency, marijuana, cocaine, but at the end of the day, our job is to stop that person that's coming into the united states to do us harm. reporter error border agents they they've not yet busted any possible terror suspects in this particular region but their work continues, jon, 24/7. jon: rick leventhal reporting from the border, upstate new york, rick, thanks. jenna: surprising now developments out of utah, the conservative state has have unusual ways it wants to handle our legal immigration, why its controversial new laws could -- what the controversial law could face legally straight ahead. an interesting story on
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immigration. also prices are spiking. it's not just at your gas station. from the breakfast coffee to popcorn, corner on the -- corn object the cobb, even your toilet paper. how all this hits your wallet, straight ahead.
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jon: the state of utah is coming up with its own proposal to the illegal immigration problem. state lawmakers approving two bills, one that would create a guest worker program for illegal immigrants who reside in utah, the other requires police to check the immigration status of
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criminal suspects. even if the governor signs off on this plan, it still faces plenty of legal hurdles, but it's an interesting approach. we wanted to talk about it with bret wilkes, from the league of united american citizens and al fonzy aguilar, the partnership for conservative principles. first of all, some of the elements at work here, alfonso, the program has proposed requires that you pay a fine, you have to have health insurance, you also have to learn english. a lot of those who say, you know, illegal immigrants are taking advantage of the system would applaud that kind of approach, wouldn't they? >> well, the great thing about this approach is that it's an alternative to arizona. it's a balanced approach that deals with enforcement, but at the same time, recognizes that utah needs foreign workers to continue growing its economy. so based on conservative
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principles, utah republicans have passed a law that deals with immigration in a more common sense, market-based way. so undocumented immigrants would have to pay a fine, they would have to learn english, then they would get that work permit. so we believe that it's an alternative to arizona, legislators in utah are frustrated that the federal government is not acting, that the white house keeps talking about immigration, but hasn't done anything sear lous -- seriously to reach out to the republican leadership, so now states have to take action, exercise their tenth amendment rights to deal with this difficult and complex issue. jon: they also would have to have health insurance. that's an interesting wrinkle there. they'd also have to prove they are living in utah. brent, what do you think about this idea? >> well, certainly it's an interesting idea. it's definitely a big change from what we saw in arizona. and so for that, i think it's good to see that
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perhaps these antiimmigrant paranoia that is hitting the country is starting to come to a bit of a close and people are coming up with rationale, fair and comprehensive conclusions. the problem with the legislation is it's being passed by a state and we've maintained all along this is really the responsibility of the federal government, but it's up to congress and the president to devise a solution to our immigration problems and what we really need the legislators in utah to do is to go to congress and especially because this is coming from the conservative republicans in utah, they need to talk to their colleagues and say look, we need a solution but we understand it shouldn't be a patchwork of 50 different laws in 50 different states. it should be one solution. jon: you say, brent, the government should handle it. i think we're both old enough to remember when the reagan administration signed comprehensive immigration reform, it granted amnesty to several million people, was supposed to be the end of the problem and here we are, to -- 20, 30 years later with 13 million illegals in this country. >> the challenge was we
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didn't really fix the problem. we fixed the symptom which is we had undocumented population at that time, but we never changed the process that folks could come in legally, and as a result, we've got a serious problem again, and what we really need to do is fix it right this time, create the type of guest worker programs that utah is looking for or programs that lead to a pathway to citizenship that allows folks to come in legally in the first place, but simply trying to address the needs of the population and create a legal pathway, while it's important, we support that, that's not the solution that's addressing the symptom. the solution is fixing the broken immigration system we have in place today and making sure that people can come in legally in the first place rather than this illegal process we have today. jon: alfonso, overall you like this proposal but what does it say to the people who are lined up in mexico or wherever, waiting to get into the united states legally, and doing the process the right way? does this give other people a jump ahead of them and is that fair? >> not really. and this is part of the myth
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about this discussion. there is no line. we don't have enough work visas for those foreign workers to enter in the country. and the work programs that we have are not working effectively. so that's why utah is desperate to create a mechanism to get the foreign workers that businesses in this state need. that is the problem. but i agree with brent in the sense that we don't want to see a patchwork of state legislation. but the fact of the matter is that the federal government is not working. and for the federal government to address this issue, it has to begin with presidential leadership. president obama keeps talking about immigration, about his commitment to overhauling our immigration laws, but he hasn't done anything to seriously and authentically sit down with the republican leadership to craft a consensus. remember what president bush did? he sent his secretary of commerce, his secretary of
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homeland security, to negotiate with democrats. this president hasn't done that. so there's a lot of talk, but republicans are acting. jon: alfonso and brent, we're going to have to leave it there but we didn't get into the issue of whether one state can create a waiver to federal immigration law. that's the big question and a lot of people say it wouldn't even be constitutional. we'll keep an eye on that issue, follow it. thank you very much. jenna: it's a busy weather day across this nation. we have wildfires, snow and flooding, heavy winds, along with tornado warnings. what you need to know, now. we've got your fox freddie mac. -- fox forecast. >> joran van der sloot is ready to plead guilty to a murder of a woman he met in peru but could he get a deal to shorten his sentence? wait until you hear how long he would stay behind bars. we have that story, just ahead.
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jon: we have another major storm taking shape across the middle of the country and we're seeing all kinds of severe weather out there from coast to coast. check out this snow in vermont. a powerful storm, slamming new england and northern new york, a late winter wal beyond that buried -- wallop that buried parts of the region in 2 feet of snow. i can attest to it. it's part of the rope i wasn't here yesterday. severe flooding in connecticut, the high water closing roads, setting off mudslides and cutting off entire neighborhoods.
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high winds, sweeping through southern california, knock -- knocking down trees and power lines, kicking up thick dust storms that made visibility while driving horrible, and right now fire crew necessary new mexico are battling a fierce wind-driven wildfire, flames destroying more than a dozen homes so far. let's check in with path i ann at the breaking news desk. >> reporter: that's right, 12 homes have already been destroyed or damaged in new mexico after that wildfire consumed them in flames and 100 people remain evacuated, many of them in a subdivision. state forestry spokesman dan ware spoke with me, he says 500 homes are considered threatened. the blaze in silver city, the southwestern part of the state, ware says it's about 1776 acres, that's 2.7 square miles. it is being driven by high, gusty winds and dry conditions, wind gusts yesterday, believe it or not, clocked at 70 miles per
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hour and today, ware says they're expecting gusts up to 30 miles an hour. it has calmed down a bit so crews were able to build containment lines overnight and the forestry official ware says the fire is about 20 percent contained. those high winds have prevented firefighters from calling water dropping helicopters or planes yesterday but two airtankers were called in today and they are expected to arrive any minute. they will draw a line in front of this fire. there are 120 personnel involved in the firefighting effort, three minor injuries to firefighters reported so far. it began yesterday afternoon in grass and oak scrub and ware said it was started by humans. an investigator will start looking into that today, jon. jon: patti ann brown at the breaking news desk, thank you. jenna: weather can be a factor in this next story, although it's not the leading factor. we reported oil and gas prices have surged in the past weeks, with gas prices jumping to more than $4 a gallon in some places in this country, but it's not
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just oil and gas we're taking a look at. commodity prices overall are surging in the last 12 months. coffee, for example, your morning cup of coffee, up 120 percent in the past 12 months, coffee prices. that of course means the prices are going to go up at your local starbucks, maybe. not all companies take that into account but you can see the price on your screen. also take a look at corn, up 90 percent, year over year. corn is used in so much. of course you have corn on the cobb, got your popcorn, but corn syrup is used to sweeten soda, used in so many food groups and used to feed cattle as well, so it feeds into the meat prices. then cotton, up 150 percent, that means closing prices could go up. our next guest says alles -- all of these prices on everything, that everything is going up, including the price, phil flynn, on our toilet paper? paper prices are going up? >> they've been going through the roof, jenna! i'm telling you. in fact, it's really shocking to know.
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i don't know if you've noticed your toilet paper is actually getting thinner, you know? you still get the same number of sheets but they cut down the size of it. this is a little tricky way that these sellers of goods, of course, try to sell you things without raising prices or not raising them as much, and they hope you don't notice. but i'll tell you, jenna, i for one noticed! jenna: well, we noticed, too, when we read that. we said that's probably something we ever thought of when thinking about commodity prices. when we take a look at these year over year prices, phil, when do we see that hit the consumer? is that happening now today or are we going to see even higher prices in the months ahead? >> i think both. i think you're seeing it now, i think you're going to see it in the future. i mean, you can go down the board, whether you're talking about starbucks price, foljers price going up, the price of -- folgers prices are going through the roof.
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another thick, you buy that bag of candy, you look inside, where did they all go? so that candy is less in the same sized bag and that's going to be true across a lot of the producers of goods, they're going to try to give you the perception they're giving you the same amount but they're going to be giving you less. what really bothers me, i think we're going over the line here, i'm worried about beer prices, they've been surging! malts and hops and stuff. i mean -- >> -- >> jenna: you and jon scott. he suddenly sat up! >> then you've got to get that beer there, and oil and gasoline prices, all costing more. jenna: in all seriousness, these prices do affect us when we're trying to look at our family budget so viewers want to know why this is happening and is there anything we can do about it? >> there's a combination of factors here. early on, the federal reserve printed more money to try to stimulate the economy and stimulate inflation and boy, did they get it. i mean, right now, part of what you're seeing is part of what the federal reserve wanted to do. they wanted to create an
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economic boom. but at the same time, by inspiring our economy to grow, in china, they're consuming goods like crazy, the growth of their economy is at a very rapid pace and they are sucking up the supply, so there's really inflation in its purest form. what you're seeing, of course, is all these new dollars flow to them in the global economy, more dollars chasing less goods. it's just driving up the price. you add into it the uncertainty in the middle east, you add into it the uncertainty of the business end, and these prices are -- >> jenna: real quick, when we talk about higher inflation that means our dollar gets us less in the marketplace. what is your number one concern for the american family in the next six months as far as these high prices? >> i'm concerned about the middle east and oil prices. this thing, the trend that's happening in the middle east, is very disturbing. it could be the greatest risk we have to the economy today. if these oil prices go to 120, 150, or even higher, it
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could really put us back into a double-dip recession. so that's my biggest concern, and if that happens, it could be very rough for a lot of people. jenna: phil flynn, prg research, also a fox news contributor, you gave us a lot to think about if the coffee, to the toilet paper -- toilet paper, to gas prices! >> thank you, don't focus on the toilet paper! jenna: he said he was concerned about it! jon: we all are. a lot to be concerned about in that report, and it's tough to buy stuff if you don't have a job. a big recession is called a mancession because of all the men who have been thrown out of work. now some economists think we are on the verge of a woman womancession. why? we'll get into it ahead.
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mig pete king holding hearings on radicalization in the muslim community. muslim groups are outraged and now mr. king is getting threatened. will he back down? i'll ask him when he joins me live today. are you and your spouse on facebook, one or the other, well, you bought yourself a much better chance of getting a divorce if the answer is yes, even if you're happily married. we'll explain. and aides to lawmakers you kicked out of office in november are getting millions of dollars in extra pay on their way out the door. why? stu varney knows. plus a man beats a 100-pound woman into a coma over a parking space. he claims that she deserved it! could he be right? in today's kelly's court. see you top of the hour. jon: there's new information now involving this criminal case, the charges against joran van der sloot, the key suspect in american teen natalee holloway's disappearance in aruba, van
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der sloot expected to plead guilty to killing a woman in peru last year. the defense says they'll use peru's version of a temporary insanity defense. let's talk about it with joseph benedetto, a criminal defense attorney, doug burns is a former prosecutor. i know there are differences in peruvian law versus what we're used to here but what's the idea, he would say yes, i killed stephanie, but i was insane at the time? >> yes. there's a slight difference. on the -- under peruvian law they make reference to a violent emotional plea, which is a plea that's entered after he's actually pleads gil, it's a mitigation package that's put forth to the judge and essentially states that yes, i did commit this crime but at the time that i committed this crime i was operating under extreme emotional stress and i did not have the ability to understand what in fact i was doing. jon: doug, could it work? >> well, it's what we here in the states call heat of
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passion, jon, and the example is you come home and you find a spouse in bed with another person, so a reasonable person would lose all self-control. what's interesting, though, working off of joseph's explanation is procedurally different. in the united states, you get to plea to that. in the foreign jurisdiction, you plead guilty and then you throw it to the judge. i'm very skeptical, i don't think to answer your question that it will work or that it should work, because joran van deroo van der sloot has a terrible history of no credibility coming out of the holloway mess. jon: what about some of the -- i guess you would call it after planning, i mean, hung the do not disturb sign on the door of the room in which she lay dead, got in a taxi cab, tried to goo in fact, did get across the border into another country. there's all kinds of suggestions here that he was sane enough to try to cover his tracks. >> well, we have to look at the facts of the case the way that they're laid out. there's no question that
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those are damaging facts. but when you look at the facts that have been set forth thus far, that he operated rather instantaneously, once he looked at his computer, he elbowed her, he choked her for close to a minute, strangled her with his t-shirt, these are all facts that show that this is not a sane person. and i just want to stress here that whether or not this claim fails or succeeds is not based on a lawyer's pitch to the judge. there are experts involved here. he will be evaluated, clinical psychologists will take part in this evaluation. they will check his state of mind as the event occurred, they're looking to his background, these are all relevant factors. jon: the appalling thing, doug, for a lot of people is the sentence that could come out of this. less than two years if this ploy is successful, right? >> you're absolutely right. the normal murder count carries 15-35 years, this i
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think, jon, carries i think 3-5, and it's interesting, the holloway family and everybody that's followed that case, and everybody else, there's going to be a violent, loud cry against it. you know, he will be evaluated but i think that the facts and circumstances also -- one counterpoint is that apparently there's been a claim that she already knew who he was, vis-a-vis the holloway case and that that should not have thrown him into a rage. jon: doug burns, joseph dibe in edeooto, we're going to watch what happens in this case, thank you. jenna: everyone is affected by the economy, but when it comes to jobs, men were hit harder by the recession, losing jobs at a higher rate than women. what's called a mancession, we use that term a lot. now the pendulum is swinging and women are at risk. why? we'll answer that question. today is mardi gras, fat tuesday. here's a taste if you couldn't make it to new orleans, like jon and i. have to watch the set. still pretty good, though.
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bourbon street on your screen there. we'll bety ove back with more ot "happening now".
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jon: a fox news alert, and you think you've got problems? take a look at what the folks in redondo beach, california are finding in the water, in their marina! floating on the surface, it's not those beautiful sailboats, well, yes, they're floating, but they've got thousands, possibly hundreds of thousands, maybe even more, dead fish. there you go! belly up, floating in the water, some folks on twitter saying these are anchovies. they look a little big to be anchovies, but then again, haven't had an anchovy pizza in a while. our folks are making calls on this, we'll get you information on redondo
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beach. jenna: probably don't feel like an anchovy pizza now, right? in tough economic times, men took this recession harder when it came to unemployment than woman, it was dubbed a mancession, the jobless rates for men have been higher for women in the last three years in the united states but now we have new numbers that show the pain may be going from his to hers. why this shift? heather brushay is economist with the center for american progress. why? why is that happening? >> there's a couple of things going on. first and foremost, when men started seeing sharp job gains in the spring of last year, women simply didn't and one of the big factors have been that women have been losing a lot of state and local, especially local government jobs that have led to a lot of job losses among women workers. at the same time we've seen industries that typically employ men like manufacturing show some pretty good gains in recent months but there's also some confusing patterns, there
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are sectors where, like in finance, women have not done as well as men, even though there really doesn't seem to be a lot of good reasons for it. jenna: that's when it's coming to the hiring trends we're seeing, isn't that correct, we're seeing that more men are being hired than women. can you tell us about that? >> certainly. what you've been seeing is that over the past year, you've seen more men getting jobs and you've seen women coming back into the labor force, they're seeing optimism there, they're starting to see some growth, whereas for women, we haven't been seeing that sail trend. jenna: the broader point here, heather, is that when we talk about a recovery and we're seeing these choppy patterns, what does that really tell us about the recovery over all? >> you know, the story during the recession was that men were losing most of the jobs and as you said, folks were calling it a mancession, it was a deep, dark recession for men. women lost a lot of jobs but men so this -- bigger hole to come out of so in some sense you'd expect a sharper
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uptick but one of the real kickers is because of the budget crisis at the state and local level, you're seeing that actually adding to employment woes for women, and seeing this divergence in trends for the men and women right now. jenna: and households have made the shift where women are supporting the households versus the man. we'll see what happens. we're going to watch this, heather and we appreciate your insight on it and look forward to talking to you again. >> thank you. jenna: we'll have more breaking news on "happening now", straight ahead. ♪ [ folk pop ]
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